Feb 16, 2013 4:00am PST
of them, lightning strikes at the vatican, another. and then the meteor in russia, it came in a flash and a big bang, but as mary snow reports, maybe we shouldn't have been that surprised about it. >> reporter: it came out of nowhere. the bright streak in the sky up long enough for people to catch it on camera as it lurched toward earth and exploded. a deafening boom followed. the sonic boom shattered glass. at least 1,000 people in the bulls eye of the falling meteor were injured. it's a bombing says this man, people didn't know what to make of it. meteorites are reported to have scattered across three regions of russia. there's one reportf a chunk smashing a hole in a frozen lake. as frightening as it was, scientists say it's not that rare to have meteors falling out of the sky. what's not common is when they hit largely populated areas. >> small bodies like that hit the earth regularly every year there's probably several. mostly over oceans and happened over the pacific ocean somewhere, maybe a ship might have seen it. >> reporter: the curator at the american museum of natura
Feb 16, 2013 3:00am PST
russia this week, you can imagine the concern for those who saw it passing overhead. this morning, they are cleaning up in russia's mountain region. that is where a meteor exploded on friday morning. cnn's phil black joins me now. and the shock wave blew out windows, injured around 1,000 people, it really looked like a scene from a movie. how were they feeling and coping today there? >> reporter: well, they're recovering, susan, slowly but steadily. most of the damage, although quite widespread is not serious. it's largely windows, glasses that were sprayed and broken. some buildings lost a few, some lost most of them, some lost not at all. a few buildings have much more serious examples of damage like the ice rink behind me. there locals say that section of the wall was actually blown in by that shock wave from the meteor. but the cleanup and recovery operation is very much underway and it's likely within a week or so there aren't going to be too many scars from the close encounter. the people, themselves, they're recovering slowly, as well. we now around 1,000 of them suffered physica
Feb 17, 2013 4:00am PST
grand is about four times what a doctor makes in that region of russia. >>> the cruise ship "triumph" continues to run on emergency power as the national transportation safety board and coast guard begin their investigation. right now officials estimate it could take up to a year. meanwhile, those investigators will not be alone onboard. carnival dispatched a crew to help clean up the mess that included all that raw sewage we heard about. you know that this ship "triumph" back after being stranded at sea couldn't escape "saturday night live" poking some fun at their experience. take a look. >> folks, welcome back.